Choices

When I was in Seoul I went to visit Myeongdong. It is mostly a commercial area and one of Seoul’s main shopping, parade route and tourism district. This popular area features street food carts, major shopping malls, and entertainment. It’s a great place to find tasty and unique street foods. You can walk from stall to stall and decide whatever looks and smell best that you would like to eat. Street food is cheap and noteworthy. I had difficulty choosing what food to eat that day for if I could have it my way I would try and sample everything. Life is full of choices. It’s not only about choosing what food to eat. It’s also about choosing friends, choosing a life partner, choosing a course and other mundane things. The truth is, what we do all day, from the moment we open our eyes in the morning until we go to bed, is make choices. We make so many choices that often we do not even think about them. We just make them in just one blink of an eye. Well some choices are simple and even routine, while others are life changing and have eternal consequences, not only for ourselves but even for our own families and friends. And so it is crucial that we think through our choices, especially the huge ones, the ones that can impact us and our families for the rest of not only our lives but the lives of the people around us too. We all know undoubtedly the importance of the choices we make. And we also know how wrong choices can very negatively impact our lives and the lives of others too. The question is, How can we know how to make the right choices? The following verses in the Bible give us some general steps that can help us in our quest to make the right decisions. 1) 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” 2) James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally without reproach and it will be given him.” 3) Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 4) Proverbs 3:5,6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” 5) Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” 6) Proverbs 33:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with my eye.” 7) Psalm 37:5 “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.” In every decision we make, it is crucial that we ask the Lord in prayer. How extremely important that we trust in God, that we surrender our choice to Him. In the end, we can have great assurance knowing that God loves and wants what is best for us. That if we in faith and humility surrender our lives to Him, we can move ahead in faith on the choices we make. How about you dear reader? How do you go about making big choices in your life? I hope it’s not by flipping coins.

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